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10 Lucky Black Cats Who Need a Home (Photos)

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10 Lucky Black Cats Who Need a Home (Photos)

It’s almost Halloween … so it’s a great time of year to explore the reasons why black cats have more difficulty in getting adopted from shelters. If you’re seeking a new animal companion, maybe you can help improve these felines’ luck!

For centuries, black cats were considered bad luck in parts of Europe and the United States, due to early Christian superstitions that black cats were the familiars of witches. There are also several countries where black cats are considered to be good luck, including England, Latvia, Japan, and Scotland. While neither superstition is strictly true, we’d err on the side of them being good luck: some studies have shown that black cats are friendlier and more laid-back than other cats, and the genes that give them dark fur may even make them more disease-resistant.

However, black cats are often overlooked at sheltersóboth because of old superstitions and because, due to their dark fur, they don’t photograph as well or stand out as much as a brighter-furred cat does. Along with brown cats, they are the least likely of any color of cat to be adopted, and they also face high euthanasia rates. Can you help them?

Here are ten lucky black cats who are looking for homes, from shelters all over the U.S.

(Don’t forget: if you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can use Care2′s Adoptable Pets page to find your perfect match!)


1. Sugar Plum

Young female. Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, Delhi, NY.

The shelter says, “She’s a delightful, friendly young lady who is still waiting to go home for the holidays.”

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11:35PM PDT on May 13, 2015

beautiful cats! thanks for sharing

1:14AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

thank you for sharing

2:12AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Aww arent they beautiful My Bella is now 2. 5 yrs old and looks like the top black cat on the first page of this article. my previous one to Bella looks like the on page 2. Both my black beauties were adopted as I quickly realised that no one would adopt them b/c of that ghastly stigma.
They are just beautiful and my previous black cat was a Bombay and he talked and talked and talked then in English as well. Black cats I have found are very smart.

11:30AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

would adopt all the black cats if I black cats..have three of them..most of my cats have been black cats

2:29PM PDT on Jun 3, 2013


12:51PM PDT on May 23, 2013

Hope they all find a loving home

8:23PM PDT on May 21, 2013

I'd love to adopt a cat. Unfortunately my apartment building doesn't allow pets...

6:07PM PDT on May 21, 2013

I grew up with a black cat. She lived to the ripe old age of 24.

4:18PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


2:18AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

hope they will find good, loving, new homes

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